Keep Your Kids From Mindless Eating This Summer

Keeping kids busy during the summer months is a challenge. Not only are kids more prone to watching too much TV and spending more time on the computer during summer vacation, but they also may be more prone to mindless snacking.

Kids should naturally have higher metabolisms and not have to worry too much about what they eat. However, the combination of too much junk food with too little activity can cause any child to gain weight. Here’s what you need to know about battling summer time mindless eating. Not only are these tips great for kids, but they are essential for adults to remember too.

Keep Unhealthy Foods Out

Most children will always pick a high-sugar granola bar or bag of chips over vegetables and fruit when given the choice. The solution to this problem is to not keep the unhealthy snacks around. If your pantry is bare, and the only snack choices available are apple slices and carrots and dip, then your kids will eventually choose them. Of course, there might be a lot of complaining at first.

You can easily combat complaining by saying that you will buy other types of snacks when school is back in session, or you can provide more of a variety of healthy snacks. Some great ideas are portable applesauces, yogurt, cheese sticks, whole grain crackers, carrots with hummus, and celery with nut butter. Try to steer away from foods that are packaged because they usually contain higher levels of sugar and empty ingredients.

Cut Up Fruits and Vegetables

You can’t expect your kids to eat more watermelon and pineapple when the whole fruit is starring them in the face whenever they open the fridge. Instead, cut up fruit and vegetables and keep them on a tray in the fridge. They are easy to grab, and the colorful nature of them will catch your kids’ eyes.

Avoid Eating In Front of a Screen

Don’t allow your children or yourself to snack or eat meals in front of the TV, computer, or any other screen. This distraction leads to mindless eating and prevents you and your children from listening to your body’s natural full cues.

Make Water More Fun

Keep a pitcher in the fridge with strawberry slices or blueberries in it. It will add a little natural sweetness to the water, and kids will think it is fun to drink.

Keeping your kids healthy during the summer months does not have to be a chore. Find fun ways to incorporate healthy eating in their every day activities.

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